Perfect Game National TrackMan Data

Thanks to a partnership between Perfect Game and TrackMan, innovative TrackMan data is available from the first national showcase of the summer, Perfect Game National, which was held in Fort Myers.

TrackMan is a military grade 3D Doppler radar system that uses a sample rate of 20,000 measurements per second to precisely quantify 27 different measurables on the baseball field, including pitch velocity, pitch spin rate and exit velocity of batted balls, among others.

Here are the top 20 performances in each of five categories (peak fastball velocity, highest fastball spin rate, highest breaking ball spin rate, high batted ball exit velocity and farthest hit batted ball) from Perfect Game National.

PEAK VELOCITY
Rk. Player, Position, School Peak Avg.
1 Mike Nikorak, rhp, Stroudsburg (Pa.) High 95.9 93.9
2 Beau Burrows, rhp, Weatherford (Texas) HS 95.9 94.2
3 Ashe Russell, rhp, Cathedral High, Indianapolis 95.3 93.1
4 Joe DeMers, rhp, College Park HS, Pleasant Hill, Calif. 94.7 93.5
5 Matthew McGarry, rhp, Menlo HS, Atherton, Calif. 94.4 91.7
6 Parker Ford, rhp, Lufkin (Texas) High 94 90.4
7 Luken Baker, rhp, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas 93.9 89.1
8 Kyle Molnar, rhp/of,  Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 93.8 91.5
9 Gray Fenter, rhp/inf, West Memphis (Ark.) HS 93.6 92.3
10 Cole McKay, rhp, Smithson Valley HS, Spring Branch, Texas 93.4 92.5
11 Cody Morris, rhp, Reservoir HS, Fulton, Md. 93.4 92.1
12 Chandler Day, rhp, Watkins Memorial HS, Pataskala, Ohio 93.4 90.8
13 Al Pesto, rhp, Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga. 93.3 91.1
14 Hogan Harris, lhp, St. Thomas More, Lafayette, La. 93.2 90.6
15 Austin Smith, rhp, Park Vista Community HS, Lake Worth, Fla. 93.2 90.7
16 Christifer Andritsos, rhp, The Woodlands (Texas) HS 93.1 91.6
17 Anthony Molina, rhp, Somerset Academy, Pembroke Pines, Fla. 93 91.5
18 Ryan Johnson, of/rhp, College Station (Texas) HS 93 91.3
19 Tristin English, rhp, Pike County, Zebulon, Ga. 92.9 91.2
20 Parker McFadden, rhp, Yelm (Wa.) HS 92.9 90.7
Average Fastball Avg. MPH
Top Draft Picks (Rds. 1-3) 91
Elite College Conference 89

Although most of the top peak velocities largely track with the average velocities, a few players stand out because of their ability maintain a velocity much closer to their peak than their peers. Righthander Beau Burrows tied for first overall in peak with velocity at 95.9 mph with Mike Nikorak, moves to the top spot in average velocity at 94.2 compared to Nikorak’s 93.9.

Righthander Cole McKay sat (92.5) within a full mph of his peak velocity (93.4) through his two inning stint, which was the narrowest margin of a pitcher to make the list. His peak velocity ranked 10, while his average velocity ranked fifth. The average difference between the group’s peak and average velocity was 2.1 mph.

Strong-bodied righthander Chris Andritsos held his velocity well (91.6) with a peak-average separation of 1.5, moving from 16th in peak (93.1) to ninth in average velocity.

The 2014 draft was considered down in Texas, potentially the worst in the last 10 years according to some scouts, but the Texans at PG National showed typical-Texan velocity as six of the 20 highest velocities (30 percent) belonged to Texans. One Texan, outfielder/righthander Ryan Johnson, was the only player to appear on the list for his pitching and hitting, touching 93.0 (the 18th best velocity) and producing the highest exit velocity (102.6) as a potent lefthanded bat.


FB SPIN RATE
Rk. Player, Position, School MPH RPM
1 Thomas Szapucki, lhp, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 90 2545
2 Cody Morris, rhp, Reservoir HS, Fulton, Md. 92 2494
3 Jackson Parthasarathy, rhp, Lake Travis, Austin, Texas 86 2475
4 Drew Finley, rhp, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego 89 2472
5 Steven Plaskett, rhp, East Lake HS, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 88 2460
6 Beau Burrows, rhp, Weatherford (Texas) HS 94 2451
7 Dakota Chalmers, rhp, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga. 89 2448
8 Yasin Chentouf, rhp, Dr. Phillips, Orlando, Fla. 89 2444
9 Cole Sands, rhp, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, Fla. 90 2437
10 Hogan Harris, lhp, St. Thomas More, Lafayette, La. 91 2390
11 DeMarcus Evans, rhp, Petal (Miss.) HS 89 2380
12 Andrew Noviello, rhp, Bridgewater-Raynham HS, Bridgewater, Mass. 89 2380
13 Hunter Parsons, rhp, Parkside HS, Salisbury, Md. 90 2378
14 Triston McKenzie, rhp, The Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) HS 89 2377
15 Nick Neidert, rhp, Peachtree Ridge, Suwanee, Ga. 91 2375
16 Andrew Cabezas, rhp, Mater Academy Charter, Hialeah, Fla. 89 2371
17 Nolan Kingham, rhp, Sierra Vista, Las Vegas 88 2368
18 Ronald Ramirez, rhp, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit 84 2367
19 Kyle Ostrowski, lhp, Lincoln-Way North, Frankfort, Ill. 88 2337
20 Chandler Day, rhp, Watkins Memorial HS, Pataskala, Ohio 91 2336
Average Fastball MPH RPM
Top Draft Picks (Rds. 1-3) 91 2200
Elite College Conference 89 2180
2014 D-I Fastballs
Spin Rate (RPM) % Swinging Strike
< 2000 5.00%
2000-2100 5.30%
2100-2200 5.30%
2200-2300 5.70%
2300-2400 6.90%
2500+ 9.10%
MLB 2010-2013
RPM (00s) SwStr% GB %
<-20 5.50% 47.30%
20 – 21 6.10% 43.00%
21 – 22 6.80% 40.30%
22 – 23 7.70% 38.70%
23 – 24 8.70% 37.40%
24 – 25 10.40% 36.30%
25 -> 13.40% 37.20%

There is a positive correlation between fastball spin rate and swinging strike rate, with an inverse correlation to groundball rate.

The highest fastball spin rate belonged to lefthander Thomas Szapucki, who narrowly missed making the peak velocity list. Szapucki was up to 93 repeatedly last week at Tournament of Stars. Szapucki also had the best breaking ball spin rate at the event. Given his arm slot, breaking ball, fastball movement and spin rate, Szapucki presents a tough matchup for same-side hitters.

Three righthanders (Cody Morris, Chandler Day and Beau Burrows) appeared on both the fastball velocity and spin rate leaderboards, combining two positive indicators for creating swings and misses.


BB SPIN RATE
Rk. Player, Position, School MPH RPM
1 Thomas Szapucki, lhp, Dwyer HS, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 83 2853
2 Hogan Harris, lhp, St. Thomas More, Lafayette, La. 72 2757
3 Dakota Chalmers, rhp, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, Ga. 78 2719
4 Luken Baker, rhp, Oak Ridge HS, Conroe, Texas 75 2661
5 Gray Fenter, rhp/inf, West Memphis (Ark.) HS 82 2648
6 Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3b/1b/rhp, Concordia Lutheran HS, Tomball, Texas 75 2641
7 Patrick Sandoval, lhp, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS 80 2630
8 Alexis Omar Diaz, rhp, Sanchez HS, Naguabo, P.R. 74 2610
9 Drew Finley, rhp, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego 74 2562
10 Logan Crouse, rhp, Bloomingdale HS, Valrico, Fla. 80 2561
11 Jordan Gubelman, rhp, Sarasota (Fla.) HS 74 2537
12 Garrett Davila, rhp, South Point HS, Belmont, N.C. 73 2510
13 Nathan Trevillian, rhp, Amherst (Va.) County HS 74 2505
14 Wesley Rodriguez, inf/rhp, George Washington HS, Springfield Gardens, N.Y. 75 2496
15 Jason Heinrich, if/rhp, River Ridge HS, Port Richey, Fla. 75 2479
16 Andrew Miller, lhp, Sterling HS, Somerdale, N.J. 77 2477
17 Jacob Stevens, rhp, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Ct. 72 2472
18 Ashe Russell, rhp, Cathedral High, Indianapolis 81 2470
19 Drew Denkinger, rhp, Valley HS, West Des Moines, Iowa 71 2462
20 Michael Zimmerman, lhp, Gulf Coast HS, Naples, Fla. 71 2453
Pitch Type    
Curveball MPH RPM
Top Draft Picks (1-3 Rd.) 76 2300
Elite College Conference 76 2280
Major League Average (2010) 2450
Slider MPH RPM
Elite College Conference 80 2230
2014 NCAA D-I Curve Spin (RPM) % Swing Strike AVG SLG
Elite – 2600 + 13% .170 .197
High – 2300-2600 10% .187 .234
Low – < 2300 8% .212 .260

Breaking ball spin rates correlate positively with swing-and-miss rates. Lefthander Hogan Harris had the second-best breaking ball spin rate (2,757) and was the only player to appear on all three pitching leaderboards, finishing 14th in peak velocity (93.2) and 10th in fastball spin rate (2,390). Three righthanders were on both the fastball velocity and breaking ball spin rate leaderboards, a potent combination. Ashe Russell (95.3) had the third-highest peak velocity and the 18th-highest breaking ball spin rate (2,470). Luken Baker (93.9) had the seventh-highest peak velocity (93.9) and fourth-highest breaking ball spin rate (2,661). Gray Fenter (93.6) had the ninth-highest peak velocity and fifth-highest breaking ball spin rate (2,648).

Two righthanders finished in the top 10 in both fastball and breaking ball spin rates. Dakota Chalmers placed seventh in fastball spin rate (2,448) and third in breaking ball spin rate (2,719) while Drew Finley had the fourth-highest fastball spin rate (2,472) and ninth-highest breaking ball spin rate (2,562).


EXIT VELOCITY
Rk. Player, Position, School Exit Speed Play Result
1 Ryan Johnson, of/rhp, College Station (Texas) HS 102.6 Out
2 Chandler Taylor, of, Alabama Christian Academy, Montgomery, Ala. 102.4 Out
3 Devin Davis, 1b, Valencia HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. 101.8 Double
4 Ryan Mountcastle, inf, Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. 100.9 Single
5 Kep Brown, of, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 100.8 Double
6 James Dawson Terrell III, of, St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS, Vallejo, Calif. 100.6 Single
7 Isiah Gilliam, of/1b, Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. 100.2 Foul
8 Josh Naylor, 1b/of, St. Joan of Arc, Maple, Ont. 100 Triple
9 Daniel Neal, inf/of, South Laurel, London, Ky. 99.9 Single
10 Shane Potter, 1b, La Costa Canyon HS, Carlsbad, Calif. 99.8 Single
11 Daniel Neal, inf/of, South Laurel, London, Ky. 99.7 Foul
12 Parker Kelly, 3b/rhp, Westview HS, Portland 99.6 Foul
13 Chris Betts, c, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif. 99.5 Triple
14 Daz Cameron, of, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga. 99.4 Single
15 Kody Clemens, ss, Memorial HS, Houston 99.1 Out
16 Greg Pickett, 1b/of, Legend HS, Parker, Colo. 99.1 Sacrifice
17 Sheckert, F 98.8 Out
18 Kep Brown, of, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 98.4 Double
19 Von Watson, of, Briarcrest Christian, Eads, Tenn. 98.3 Foul
20 Tyrone Perry, 1b, Avon Park (Fla.) HS 98.3 Out

Daniel Neal and Kep Brown were the only players to appear on the exit velocity leaderboard for two different hits. The righthanded-hitting Brown had two doubles that hit high off the wall in left field. Both of Brown’s doubles also appear on the next list below, farthest hit balls.


FARTHEST HITS BALLS
Rank Player, Position, School Feet MPH Sec. Play Result
1 Chris Betts, c, Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif. 399 99 4.7 Triple
2 Josh Naylor, 1b/of, St. Joan of Arc, Maple, Ont. 394 100 5.2 Triple
3 Kep Brown, of, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 382 101 4.3 Double
4 Devin Davis, 1b, Valencia HS, Santa Clarita, Calif. 371 102 4 Double
5 Dillon Paulson, 1b, Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach, Calif. 365 95 5.4 Out
6 Sam Finnerty, of, Pelham (Ala.) HS 357 92 4.6 Out
7 Jalen Miller, ss, Riverwood HS, Sandy Springs, Ga. 355 93 4.1 Double
8 Kep Brown, of, Wando HS, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 354 98 3.6 Double
9 Jacob Corso, 1b, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS 349 94 4.7 Double
10 Brandt Stallings, 1b, Kings Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, Ga. 349 98 4.5 Double
11 Willie Burger, 1b/3b, Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic HS 349 90 4.6 Out
12 Jonathan India, inf, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, Fla. 348 90 4.3 Out
13 Dalton Blumenfeld, c/1b, Hamilton HS, Los Angeles 348 93 4.6 Double
14 Kirk Sidwell, of, Olympia HS, Orlando, Fla. 346 92 4 Single
15 Kyle Tucker, of, Plant HS, Tampa 345 93 5.5 Out
16 Travis Blankenhorn, mif, Pottsville (Pa.) Area HS 344 90 5 Out
17 Stephen Scott, of, Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh, N.C. 343 93 3.9 Out
18 Brandt Stallings, 1b, Kings Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, Ga. 343 93 4.6 Out
19 Ryan Mountcastle, inf, Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. 343 94 4.2 Triple
20 Isiah Gilliam, of/1b, Parkview, Lilburn, Ga. 342 91 5.1 Out

In addition to Brown, three others (righthanded hitting first baseman Devin Davis, lefthanded-hitting first baseman Josh Naylor and lefthanded-hitting catcher Chris Betts) had hits that appeared on both leaderboards. The hits that put Naylor and Betts on the leaderboards were very similar, within a mph of the same velocity with only a five foot separation in total distance. Both hits were smoked to the same area directly to the right of straightaway center field, one-hopping the wall.

Power righthanded bat Brandt Stallings is the only player besides Brown to appear on the longest batted balls for two different hits.

Infielder Ryan Mountcastle appeared on both lists for different hits, as did outfielder/first baseman Isiah Gilliam.

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